In its September 27 meeting the Prince George Board of Supervisors overheard two reports. The first was from the Director of Social Services Shel Douglas. Douglas gave the board members an update on the back to school fair which was held back in August.
According to Douglas, the fifth annual back to school fair was the largest one that social services had held. It was estimated that over 3,000 people attended the event. This year, over 1,000 backpacks were provided for students. Nearly 550 backpacks were given to students in elementary schools and over 500 were given to secondary students.
“We had students in every one of our school settings with the exception of the Prince George educational center,” Douglas said. “We were blessed this year with supporters from across the board.”
Douglas explained that major contributions came from the Titmus Foundation, the United Way of Hopewell/Prince George, the John Randolph foundation, as well as support from the business community and faith community.
“We challenged our faith community this year to provide us with prepacked backpacks,” Douglas said. “Ten churches stepped up and provided us with 135 backpacks.”
Douglas also said the fair in addition had numerous other supporters and donations to make the whole event come together. The marching band and dance team from Prince George High School also participated in entertainment for the event.
“I’d like to personally thank all the members of the planning team and express my appreciation to the staff,” Douglas said. “With the help of the citizens and our volunteers, we would not be able to do this.”
The second report the board overheard came from Director of Fire, EMS and Emergency Management Brad Owens on the COOP Plan (Continuity of Operations Plan.) The COOP Plan is a backup plan for the county government. If an incident were to happen in the county government, this is a plan for it to continue to function.
“What core services that the citizens need immediately could be restored,” Owens said. “What services over the next period of a couple of days to 96 hours could be restored.”
Owens said that his department has had a lot of interns come through to participate in the project. He also explained in the past ten years, Prince George County has faced its fair share of disasters.
“Every time the county government has stepped up to the plate,” Owens said. “They’ve provided the citizens with core services that they needed in a timely manner. One of the things that continues to remain very important to county government is making sure that the services to the citizens is restored in a timely manner. Public safety is always above most importance.”
After Owens’ report was finished the board quickly finished up the rest of the items on the agenda. The resolution items included the Authority to execute an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation for road improvements on Route 460 at Food Lion Distribution Center, the authority to execute a purchase order for providing engineering services for the South Crater Road Sewer Pumping Station Rehabilitation Project, one appointment of the South Centre Corridors Research & Development Council and the appointment of one member to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a five-year term.
There was also discussion on the Action for Two Outfall Ditch Maintenance Projects with the Virginia Department of Transportation; projects located on Prince George Drive at Manning’s MHP and on Lawyers Road and discussion on the Consideration of Appointments to the Board, Commissions, Committees and Authorities.
The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11 in the evening.